Treaty Issues - Walter Christie
Used Very Good, cover has some fading
Dimensions: 148 x 210 x 12mm
Publication Date: 1997, Wyvern Press
This book reviews a situation fraught with misunderstandings and misconstrued meanings. The author claims that vital historical evidence is excluded, and is misleading about the most important treaty of New Zealand. In early chapters he looks at what he describes as the partnership Fallacy. Did the Treaty form the basis of a sovereignty partnership or did it signify that a majority of Maori chiefs accepted, for their people, being governed by Britain through the person of a Governor? The author devotes attention to linguistic issues, which are vital. He examines pivotal terms, such as sovereignty and rangatiratanga, and he reviews each section of the Treaty, in both Maori and English. Later chapters discuss how Maoris familiarized themselves with Western society; matters concerning land; the rise of the Ratana Movement, the role of the Court of Appeal and the Waitangi Tribunal. The book concludes with an all-important chapter which looks ahead at the possible, future developments, and calls for a New Zealand free from the prejudices of the past -- be they of gender, ethnicity, religion or stemming from prior political conflicts.